The wax ring or seal around your toilet is a common replacement part that many homeowners will have to replace with the life of their toilet. A broken wax seal can cause leaks, foul odors, and a loose toilet base. Fixing a broken wax seal is a very easy and inexpensive home repair, but it does take a good amount of time and effort. This article will look at how to replace the wax ring around your toilet and will include some tips to make the job easier.
Materials needed to replace a toilet wax seal
• New wax ring
• Putty knife
• Bolts and washer (sized to fix where you take the toilet out from the floor, do not reuse existing bolts and washers)
• Floor tarp
• Hot soapy water
• Old rag
Step by step directions to replace a toilet wax seal:
1. Gather all materials and place the floor tarp in the bathroom or a separate room in which you wish to place the toilet. The floor will get very wet, so avoid wooden and carpeted floors.
2. Shut off the water supply to the toilet and flush the toilet until there is no water in the bowl or reservoir tank.
3. Remove the nuts, bolts, and washers that attach the toilet to the floor. The hardware may be rusty and will come off easily with a wrench or will need to be sawed off using a hacksaw.
4. Remove the toilet and place it on that floor tarp that you laid out earlier. This part is the hardest because the toilet will be very heavy and awkward; using two people makes this job much easier.
5. Once the toilet is placed upside down on the tarp you can then use your putty knife to help scrape the old wax seal free from the bottom of the toilet. The wax seal with be very grungy looking and may even be difficult to remove; however with a bit of elbow grease it should not take that long to remove the old seal.
6. Clean where the removed wax seal once was being held before applying any kind of adhesive to secure the new wax seal. It is important to remove the old adhesive that is stuck to the toilet before continuing to the next step.
7. After the old wax seal is replaced follow the directions on the new wax seal box to install the new hardware. Installation is very easy, but you should follow the directions word for word on the box to prevent any problems caused by a faulty seal.
8. Once the new wax seal has been installed place the toilet back in spot that you took it from, and use the new hardware (new nuts, bolts, and washers) to secure the toilet tightly to floor.